Why? I don’t know. It’s as frank as that. I won’t try and argue about its ‘complex storyline’ or whatever people use to argue for their favourites, I just like it. So there.
Anyway. The SSS attempt to get the Student Council’s attention by making as much trouble as they can in the classrooms. In the end, Otonashi succeeds in getting their attention by inviting Kanade to eat Mapo Tofu during break (how quaint.) So in the end, they get thrown into this prison-like detention room. Yes. Just like that. Kanade, ever calm and godly, decides to go to sleep.However, Yuri radios Otonashi with breaking news : Ayato, the new student council chairman, is not a NPC, but a human as well.
So they try and break out using Kanade’s powers, which is when Otonashi learns that her skills couldn’t bust them out because they were made for defense (explains the whole “guard skill” thing..) Otonashi also learns about Kanade’s predicament.
The reason why she has no friends is because whoever befriends her has a happy student life and disappears.
When they break out, they find that Ayato had massacred the SSS and the entire floor was covered with blood. Not that it matters, since they’ll revive anyway. Ayato reveals his motives since the start, explaining how he managed to get students to help him via hypnosis. He then attempts to remove Yurippe from the world by hypnotising her into a happy dream, so that she would disappear.
=Otonashi interrupts him by doing it the old-fashioned Anime way : punching himin the face. That’s when he starts berating him on the value of everyone’s life, on how Ayato as well is just like them, who had memories and similar past lives. This is when Ayato explains his past : the younger twin brother of the son of a famous potter, he was much less competent at pottery than his brother ever was.This episode made me find a new interest in Angel Beats. From the get-go, it looked horrible and frankly, boring and bland. However, as more and more episodes are aired, the more and more I start to like Angel Beats. I cried, I laughed, I raged, I argued, I defended and worshipped. Angel Beats is going to be one of my favourite Anime this season, as long as they don’t fuck it up by moe-ifying the female characters….
My personal reflections on this episode?